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Definition of Yankee

  YANKEE   noun
In Europe, an American. In the Northern States of our Union, a New Englander.  In the Southern States the word is unknown. (See DAMNYANK.)

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?jŠ?k? n. colloq. 1 often derog. = YANK. 2 US an inhabitant of New England or one of the northern States. 3 hist. a Federal soldier in the Civil War. 4 a type of bet on four or more horses to win (or be placed) in different races. 5 (attrib.) of or as of the Yankees. °Yankee Doodle 1 an American tune and song regarded as a national air. 2 = YANKEE. [18th c.: orig. uncert.: perh. f. Du. Janke dimin. of Jan John attested (17th c.) as a nickname]

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